Gooey Butter Cake

Gooey butter cake is a simple and amazingly delicious dessert with a cake batter crust and soft, gooey cream cheese top that makes it addicting!

This really is a simple cake with not many ingredients, and just two gooey layers. If you like this recipe, be sure to try the strawberry version!

Three slices of gooey butter cake on a white plate

Go-To Cake Recipe

Do you have “go to” recipes you use all the time? This next one is one of those. I almost always have Cream Cheese and Cake Mix on hand, and I know this next dessert is good and easy, so it’s one I turn to often in time of need.

It’s called Gooey Butter Cake. It is so easy to make and always gets devoured, so I make it quite often. I will admit that everyone thinks that are lemon bars at first, but these are more cake batter flavored and so irresistible.

What’s great about them is they can be made with any cake mix, which totally changes up the flavor!

Ooey gooey butter cake crust in a glass baking dish

how to make Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

PREP. Grease a 9×13 pan and turn oven to 350.

CRUST. Blend cake mix, 1 egg and butter until smooth. Press into your greased 9×13 pan.

TOPPING. Blend cream cheese, 2 eggs, vanilla and powdered sugar until creamy and smooth. Spread over your the first mixture in your pan.

BAKE. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until edges are golden brown (middle may sink in a bit).

TOP. Top with powdered sugar and ENJOY!

To neatly cut the cake: Make sure your butter cake has cooled completely before cutting it into squares. To prevent your cake from sticking to your knife, spray it with a little cooking spray and then wipe it clean with a towel. Cut slowly and carefully.

Adding gooey cream cheese layer on top of crust

How to Store

STORE at room temperature in an airtight container. It should last for 2-3 days.

FREEZE your gooey butter cake to eat at a later time by first wrapping it tightly with plastic wrap. Then keep it in a freeze safe container or bag. It should last for 4-5 months in the freezer.

This is also a good make-ahead option. Just thaw completely when you’re ready to serve and eat it.

Gooey butter cake recipe in a glass baking dish

More cake mix goodies

It’s so hard NOT to love goodies with cake mix (they’re always yummy and so easy!) Here are some of our other favorites:

A slice of ooey gooey butter cake on a white plate

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Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

4.93 from 13 votes
Gooey butter cake is a simple and amazingly delicious dessert with a cake batter crust and soft, gooey cream cheese top that makes it addicting!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 384 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 8 oz PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • powdered sugar to sprinkle

Instructions
 

  • Grease a 9×13 pan and turn oven to 350.
  • Blend cake mix, 1 egg and butter until smooth. Press into your greased 9×13 pan.
  • Blend cream cheese, 2 eggs, vanilla and powdered sugar until creamy and smooth. Spread over your the first mixture in your pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until edges are golden brown (middle may sink in a bit).
  • Top with powdered sugar and ENJOY!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    Sometimes Less is more. It is not the most fancy cake, but it is absolutely delicious and tastes great with a cold glass of milk or a cup of hot chocolate.

  2. 4 stars
    I’ve made these many times, and they’re often called “blonde brownies.” Excellent recipe adaptable to other variations like red velvet or devils food cake mixes. Like a cake that frosts itself during baking.

    1. Yes, that’s such a fun idea to switch up the recipe using different flavor cake mixes!

  3. I add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to the cream cheese mixture. My family loves it this way. We call them lemon bars😊

  4. 5 stars
    I don’t care for strawberry cake mix, but I think this one would be awesome made as is and have sliced strawberries on top with whipped cream. Oh goodness, my diet!!! lol

    1. Ooh that does sound amazing with the toppings! I might just have to try that variation! 😉

  5. My husband and mother-law-loved it. It reminded them of a bakery in Levittown,Pa.
    Very easy recipe but I only baked it for 35 minutes. I shared it with friends and they loved the recipe too.

    1. Oh that makes me so happy to hear! Thank you for sharing!! I’m glad that everyone enjoyed the recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    These are delicious, and so are the coconut version with the crumb style topping. I can’t seem to find that recipe on the site anymore. My family LOVES it!!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the butter cake! You are correct – we do not have the coconut version with the crumb style topping on the site anymore. But we do have a coconut cake if you’d like to give that a try – Coconut Cake.

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